Monday, 10 April 2017

Godly Mentors

As Christians we have a rich inheritance in the saints who have gone before us, as well as some who are living today. These people inspire us with their faithfulness and lifelong commitment to following Jesus, living godly lives and spreading the gospel.
The majority of us have come to faith through the efforts and prayers of others- parents, friends, family members, workmates, ministers, counsellors, teachers and many more. They are the unsung heroes of our faith. Then there are the more well- known names of Christians who are noteworthy in the advancement of the faith. Thanks to the internet we have access to a wealth of resources from notable teachers, apologists and theologians, living and those who have passed to glory.  We can read classic texts online and hear sermons from some of the greats. Some of my favourites include Ravi Zacharias, David Wilkerson, Derek Prince and Corrie Ten Boom.
In my daily devotions, I frequently reference two resources. One is the teaching series available through Youtube of the late Pastor Chuck Smith. As I read through books of the Bible I listen to Pastor Chuck’s exposition of the particular chapters I’m reading and find this helps to consolidate what I’m learning. The second resource is a book of daily devotions by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon, entitled “Morning and Evening”. As the name implies, Rev. Spurgeon has prepared a message for every day of the year, to begin and end the day. These messages never fail to inspire me with the sheer lyricism and beauty of Rev. Spurgeon’s prose and the love and reverence for his Saviour which imbue every line. What a testament to a life lived untiringly for God.
With the approach of Easter, I would like to share a little of Rev. Spurgeon’s message for today (April 10):

“Light springs from the midday-midnight of Golgotha, and every herb of the field blooms sweetly beneath the shadow of the once accursed tree. In that place of thirst, grace has dug a fountain that ever gushes with waters pure as crystal, each drop capable of alleviating the woes of mankind.”
 (Morning and Evening by Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Zondervan press, no publication date)

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